Case Study: Solar street light project in Chile

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Solar Street Light in Chile Overview

Chile has a diverse climate with varying conditions across different regions. The climate in Chile can be broadly categorized into several zones, including the desert climate of the Atacama Desert in the north, the Mediterranean climate in central Chile, and the subpolar climate in the southern regions. The climate conditions can influence the performance and design considerations for solar street lights. Here are some general points to consider:

Sunlight Availability: Chile, especially in the northern regions, receives abundant sunlight. This makes solar energy a viable and sustainable option for powering street lights. The Atacama Desert, in particular, is one of the driest places on Earth and has high solar radiation.

Temperature Extremes: Some parts of Chile, especially in the northern desert regions, can experience extreme temperatures. Solar streetlights are generally designed to withstand a range of temperatures, but it’s important to consider the specific conditions in the installation area to ensure proper functioning.

Dust and Sand: In desert regions like the Atacama, dust and sand can be prevalent. Regular maintenance to keep solar panels clean is crucial for optimal energy capture. Additionally, choosing solar street lights with features to minimize the impact of dust and sand can be beneficial.

Moisture and Corrosion: In coastal areas, there may be increased exposure to moisture and salt in the air, which can lead to corrosion. Using materials that resist corrosion and ensuring proper sealing of components are important considerations.

Altitude: Some parts of Chile, especially in the Andes mountain range, are at high altitudes. Solar panels generally perform well at high altitudes, but it’s important to consider any specific requirements for the solar street light components.

Regulations and Standards: Ensure that the solar street lights comply with local regulations and standards. Chile may have specific standards or guidelines for outdoor lighting installations.

Battery Performance: Extreme temperatures can affect battery performance. It’s important to choose batteries that can handle the temperature range of the specific location.

2024 Solar street light project in South America

Luz al Barrio project

Techo Peru is actively engaged in installing 100 solar streetlights in two informal settlements in Lima. In addition, the company will organize energy efficiency classes for volunteers and residents of the beneficiary communities.

Luz Limpia al Barrio project

“Luz Limpia al Barrio will continue to install solar streetlights with photovoltaic panels in poor communities in Chile, to improve security lighting. The 12-month project will install 100 public lighting systems in four regions of Chile.

Luz al barrio Colombia project

Techo Colombia is installing 100 solar streetlights with photovoltaic panels in 6 informal settlements in the cities of Bogotá, Cali, and Soacha. Through close collaboration with local communities and the involvement of Nexans employees, this initiative will improve safe lighting in public spaces in these disadvantaged neighborhoods.

Community energy

This project will install a photovoltaic power generation system in a community center near Rio de Janeiro. Through this unique project, Nexans Brazil will train community members in the installation of photovoltaic equipment. The project will provide new careers and job opportunities to improve the quality of life of the people in the community and advance the development of change agents.

Using solar energy and the Internet to lift people out of poverty

This is a project aimed at improving the lives of communities in Colombia. The 24-month project will provide internet connectivity in three communities and install 45 affordable, smart solar streetlights.

Piura Resilient Medical Centre

An ongoing project to improve healthcare infrastructure in the cities of Suyo and Buenos Aires in northern Peru. In two years, more than 30,000 people will benefit from it.

Clodesun Solar street light project in Chile

Antofagasta is a region and a city located in northern Chile. The region is known for its arid climate and is part of the Atacama Desert, one of the driest deserts in the world. The city of Antofagasta, the regional capital, is a major port on the Pacific Ocean.

The climate in Antofagasta is classified as a desert climate, characterized by very low precipitation and high temperatures. The summers are generally warm, with temperatures reaching well above 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit), while winters are mild and cooler. Due to its arid nature, the region experiences limited rainfall, and water scarcity is a significant concern.

The Solution

Planners and engineers selected Clodesun’s CF series LED solar street light system for the massive project. The lights highlighted the architectural detail and natural view of the coastal walk.

A total of 220 units of integrated solar street light systems were installed along the coastal edge using Clodesun’s products which exceeded in satisfying all their requirements.

The new installation from Clodesun illuminated the whole region with solar and created a center of activity for the local community and visitors while enhancing the vibrant coastal front and encouraging further development.